Year in Review 2012
Time to Rock n’ welcome 2013 by honoring the best I saw in 2012. To all my brothers and sisters, in the words of Disco Tex, “Can you feel me?”
Entertainer of the Year, Female: Celine Dion. The Diva of all Divas – the voice, the show, the spectacular, it all captures the entertainer’s soul!
Entertainer of the Year, Male: Criss Angel. He’s taken this town by storm – controversial, yes, but an absolute marketing genius who so believes in himself. This is parlayed to his adoring fans, audiences and the world. The Mick Jagger of Magic!
Productions: Win – Celine. Hands down. Place – Zarkana. Innovative, insightful, technically magnificent. The wave of the future and how Las Vegas is its epicenter. Played Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Moscow’s Kremlin theater and Los Angeles, plus more and more to come. Can Cirque’s brands complement their genius with enough seats for all?
Producer of the Year: David Saxe, Vegas, The Show. The embodiment of all that has been and will continue to be the definition of Vegas. He is a producer with guts. Has the vision and conviction of his choices, which propel him into the spotlight.
Restaurant of the Year: Segundo’s on Las Vegas Boulevard shares the honor with the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. Bacchanal is a buffet unbeatable anywhere – truly a feast for the Roman Gods.
Best bagel joint: Levy’s on West Sahara.
Best florist: David Filter’s The English Garden. David is the florist to the stars.
Best hair stylist: Theresa Graves at Suite One.
Best pizza parlor: Again a tie. Rocco’s on Buffalo and W. Charleston, and Grimaldi’s (a 100-year-old-plus tradition from N.Y.). Grimaldi’s has a few locations in town now, but the Boca Park one rings the truest to the original Patsy Grimaldi’s.
Best drag show: Frank Marino’s Divas at the Imperial Palace. Close runner-up is Jimmy Emerson’s new show, and the marvelous Kenny Kerr who is also in a new venue.
Now, on to business.
The scandals of Vegas: Rumor has it Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah is to become another Graceland or Dollywood. Wayne, what happened with the litigation that was thrown back and forth? It’s still a great idea!
On a somber note: The great producer, Bill Moore, took his last curtain call in the Spring. Mr. Moore was a man of many talents – starting with that of a chorus dancer in London’s West End. He ended up blasting through history in Vegas with the first nude review show – Nudes On Ice. A visionary, a great friend and my true mentor. He was always there to help me unconditionally and give me insight into the latest happenings in our town. We will all miss you, Bill...RIP.
Also to be missed, Rene de Haven, terpsichore phenomenon, who can still be seen in the great 1950 MGM musicals as a young man. Dance your way to heaven, Rene.
Just in is the sad news that two of the best and most beloved character actors of film and television, Charles Durning and Jack Klugman, have also passed away. Unfortunately the list keeps growing.
On the opposite side of positive, we had the all those endless poker shows (I would prefer Polka, Liberace, Pawn (or is it Porn?) Stars to Sin City Rules on reality. Who are these Housewives of Las Vegas? I recognize Alicia Jacobs, but she’s not as well-known in the national media as your truly! Lana Fuchs – they spelled your name wrong! Too much botox in the forehead – looks swollen like a watermelon...you’re too young and yet, too old, for this self-abusing treatment.
One of the better shows is Gigolo’s on Showtime – even men tune in to see if they can learn any of the tricks of the trade to entrance their partners. I am a former gay gigolo and this series is loosely based on what goes on under those covers.
I also want to mention the loss of the new wave of the 1960’s – the changing of the old guard hair dresser, who became the stylist, developer of products. Simply put, Vidal Sassoon. By the way, Vidal served in the Israeli Army when it was his call for duty.
My heart goes out to all the servicemen of our country who have been on foreign shores this year and years past, and the families who have lost their loved ones.
God Bless the USA, and thank you for believing and defending our country!
A happy, prosperous, healthy and joyful New Year – 2013!
Blessings from your columnist, Monti Rock III!
Monti Rock, who starred with John Travolta is the classic Saturday Night Fever, is a legend, performer, GamingToday entertainment columnist and marketing expert. Contact Monti at [email protected].